Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Multiverse and the Ideal Me

Sometimes we can forget that much of our best efforts have been about trying to find ideal attitudes within ourselves, toward fellow human beings. A case could be made, that we can be surprised by our own inner potential, but … Continue reading

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Story Time

We are responsible not only for the stories we tell but also for how we retell the stories. “Truth and Fiction,” the title Goethe chose for his autobiography, is not suggesting that poets like him will take some license with … Continue reading

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Unwanted

Among Plato’s collection of somewhat adolescent pronouncements is his famous “to know the good is to do the good.” In a recent interview with Spiegel magazine, the well-experienced actress Senta Berger remarked that, while she sees theater as a moral … Continue reading

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On Sale

I am really going to miss you, cried the newly red state to the former blue: you were my only fertile  issue, and I always felt so new, opposing you. Get yourself a tissue, reprimanded its experienced mate, and lets … Continue reading

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The Danger of Debating Republicans

Surely Mark Twain could not have been thinking about current Democrats when he pronounced (Innocents Abroad): “Nobody can steer a donkey, and some collided with camels, dervishes, effendis, asses, beggars and every thing else that offered to the donkeys a … Continue reading

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Heroes

At a recent auction, a copy of a 1938 comic book on Superman was sold for $2.1 million. This isn’t about children being sold silly comic books (to “capture their imagination”), it is about our financial heroes who have so … Continue reading

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Of Ultimate Worth?

In a recent interview with “Die Zeit,” the Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz is quoted as saying that “we love according to the rules of the market.” When I asked a renowned economist if economics knows anything about the Kantian concept … Continue reading

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Seriously

Rarely do we preface our remarks with “jokingly” or “humorously.” We like to add that after the fact, “just joking,” as if to forestall the possibility of being taken at our word. However, the overture “seriously” seems to roll off … Continue reading

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Approximations

Ever since Plato, mathematicians have liked to maintain that examples in the physical world for geometric forms or even for fractions are only approximations of the true mathematical ideals. – Strange magic trick, indeed. The fact is that it is … Continue reading

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Lost Manhood

Her lover, the Wiz, used to make it his biz, to procure adornments for Liz. Or so he maintained, till the truth was so strained by his acts, that she told him the facts. The shame turned him red and he … Continue reading

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It’s the Law

Perhaps it was not our ancestors who, for untold millennia, believed that the world is controlled by the whim of gods – perhaps it was not them, after all, who had gone off the deep end. Perhaps it is our … Continue reading

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Out of Touch: Yea!!!

According to recent estimates, each human being is host to 100 trillion microbes, forming a unique “microbiome” in and around each one of us. With American reckoning, 1 trillion is 1000 billion – so, compare my microbiome to the Milky … Continue reading

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